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Toure: Rodgers reminds me of Wenger

Toure says Rodgers remains the right man for Liverpool. Credit: PA

Kolo Toure says that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reminds him of his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Liverpool are in the middle of a tough spell at the moment and haven't won in five games.

But Reds defender Toure believes Rodgers is the man to guide the Anfield club out of their tricky spell and has compared his style to Wenger.

“I see Wenger in him because he’s so intelligent. He knows how to speak to players and how to get the best out of them," Toure told reporters after Liverpool's Champions League draw against Ludogorets.

"Just look at what he’s done during a short time here. When he arrived Liverpool were doing badly. He came in and brought the club a long way up.

“He’s a fair guy who is working hard and gives 100% every day. Like Arsène, he’s always there at training trying to improve things. His style of play is also similar. He always wants us to pass the ball and keep playing which is very important.”

Cruyff: Balotelli behaviour is down to 'bad education'

Balotelli's education is to blame, says Cruyff. Credit: PA

Mario Balotelli's disruptive behaviour is down to the way he was educated, claims Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff.

The Liverpool striker has come under criticism for his antics on and off the field during his spells with Inter and AC Milan, Manchester City and now at Anfield.

"What I think about Balotelli as a player and as a man? We always talk about the person, I prefer to talk about education of the person,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Balotelli doesn't behave well and we have to ask why. To me, if someone is not educated, he doesn't play. To me, it is not fault of the player, but of the team that makes him play. The problem is not Mario, but the education that was given to him." “If he had been educated in a certain way, he wouldn't behave this way."

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Ancelotti sticks up for Balotelli over shirt-swap

Balotelli swapped shirts with Pepe at half-time during the match at Anfield. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has stood up for Liverpool's much-maligned striker Mario Balotelli over his recent shirt-swapping incident.

Balotelli caused an outcry among some supporters by changing shirts with Real defender Pepe as they headed down the tunnel at half-time when the two sides last met.

"Balotelli is spoken of a lot, maybe too much," said Ancelotti.

"They need another solution but I don't think all of Liverprool's problems are Balotelli.

"He needs to do his work for the side, that's all that can be asked of him - and I don't have problem with shirt-changing."

You can watch Liverpool take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu tomorrow night live on ITV.

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Liverpool University postpones Hogan-Howe ceremony

The University of Liverpool has apologised to the Hillsborough families after deciding to postpone a ceremony to award Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe an honorary degree.

Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. Credit: PA Wire

Hogan-Howe was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission in December over his role at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 where 96 people died.

The commissioner was due to receive the award in recognition of his time as Chief Constable to Merseyside at a ceremony in December.

Campaigners said they were "appalled" by the university's "insensitivity".

“We are deeply sorry if we have inadvertently caused any distress to the Hillsborough families. All of us feel great sensitivity to the families at this difficult time,” deputy vice-chancellor Patrick Hackett said.

Rodgers: Sterling didn't refuse to start for England

Rodgers says that Sterling didn't tell Hodgson he was tired. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of Raheem Sterling, but insists there is no club versus country row between him and England manager Roy Hodgson.

The Liverpool and England winger has been embroiled in the middle of a club v country row after it was reported that he told Hodgson he was 'tired' before the game against Estonia last week - leading to the England boss dropping him for the match.

Rodgers has now denied that Sterling ever said that: "What has been disappointing in the whole affair is it has been grossly unfair how the kid has been put on the back pages for something he clearly did not say."

The Liverpool boss also insists that the club is always happy to work with England and there is no 'barrier' between the two.

"We are club and country here, not club v country. Liverpool are no barrier to England."

Rodgers also said messages have been exchanged between himself and Hodgson after the incident but the two have yet to meet.

Read: Rodgers says Sterling is being hung out to dry

Owen hits out at Sterling for being 'tired'

Michael Owen insists the concept of 'burnout' is a myth. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen insists the concept of 'burnout' is a myth and believes Raheem Sterling will think twice about complaining of tiredness after this week's furore.

Teenage forward Sterling has come under fire this week for telling Roy Hodgson he felt tired ahead of England's Euro 2016 qualifying win over Estonia, with the national boss subsequently dropping him from the starting line-up in Tallinn last Sunday.

"We're surmising how he was feeling but I never felt like telling the manager I was tired because I never felt particularly that I needed a rest," said Owen, who was speaking at the National Football Museum in Manchester where he was being inducted into the English Hall of Fame.

"I know people will say, 'Well, we don't want anyone having burnout'. But I'll ask you now - can you name one player who has ever been burned out? I don't know of anyone."

"I can only speak from experience of me being in that situation and we always used to have a bit of a joke at Liverpool because the manager Gerard Houllier would always come around and ask everyone if they're fine, If they're tired.

"You'd always be saying, 'No, no, no, I'm totally fine' because you didn't want to get rested."

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